Campbell, Carla

Born in The Bahamas, Carla Campbell is a painter, sculptor, performance artist and teacher whose work illustrates the challenges and triumphs of marginalized communities.

Campbell's work embodies the nature of contemporary painting; she brings together figurative images from multiple sources and styles to create timeless, placeless compositions through effortless brush work.

After graduating from Bahamas Baptist College in 1995, Campbell went on to earn an Associate’s in Art in 1999 at the College of The Bahamas before graduating cumlaude with a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 2003.

Soon thereafter, Campbell embarked on her teaching career as a trained teacher in the Ministry of Education in The Bahamas, which continues to this day. After teaching at Tambearly School while finishing her teaching certificate, she went on to teach art instruction at Queen’s College , Yellow Elder Primary, and C.R. Walker—where she added computer graphics to the art program. She currently heads the art and design department at C.H. Reeves high school in Nassau. Always aiming to show her students that art is a life choice and not simply a skill or hobby, Campbell has inspired many of her students, who go on to study art at the College of The Bahamas after their high school years.

In 2011, Campbell started the company 'Art on the Go' to entertain and educate through events like 'Art on the Beach'. She also teaches student art classes for young children and helps BGCSE and BJC certificate candidates achieve success in their art examinations.

Her artwork has been exhibited at home in such group exhibitions as Bahama Mama (2011, Public Treasury Art Program) and Fibre (2012 Transforming Spaces Art Tour) as well as internationally in What She Longed to Tell (2011, Tamboril Restaurant with Savae Inc., Brooklyn, NY) and WOMA 2012: Home & Away (2012, The Gallery, St. George’s, Grenada).

Her work has also been featured in journals such as IslandSceneMagazine (2011), The Caribbean Writer (2012), and WomanSpeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women (2012 & 2013).